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December 7, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
Peyton Manning can't remember the last time he won 21 consecutive times at anything. "Usually you don't play that many games in a row in youth basketball or whatnot," he said. "So that's a lot of wins." It's also the number of consecutive regular-season games Manning's Indianapolis Colts have won after equaling the NFL record Sunday with a 27-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis (12-0), whose last regular-season loss came in October 2008 at Tennessee, can break the record by beating the Denver Broncos next weekend at home.
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December 7, 2009 | Sam Farmer
One was playing to maintain perfection. The other to salvage pride. And in the end Sunday, the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders -- teams with very little in common this season -- each pulled off remarkable come-from-behind victories. The undefeated Saints faced three 10-point deficits at Washington before rallying to beat the Redskins in overtime, 33-30. The three-win Raiders scored three late touchdowns -- the last with nine seconds left -- to stun the Steelers at Pittsburgh, 27-24, and deal a devastating blow to the postseason hopes of the defending Super Bowl champions.
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January 4, 2010
at Buffalo 30 , Indianapolis 7: "Hey, Dad, let's save up our money and go to the season finale! I've always wanted to see Peyton Manning play!" at Carolina 23, New Orleans 10: Saints have all the forward momentum of a guy on a Segway going uphill in a windstorm. at Cleveland 23, Jacksonville 17: Does winning your last four in a row really make a 5-11 finish palatable to Browns fans? Chicago 37, at Detroit 23: Lions are 2-30 over last two seasons, just two more wins than they'd have had if they fielded a team of 8-year-olds.
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February 8, 2010
PASSING LEADERS Saints Brees...7-7, 48 yards, TD Colts Manning...14-21, 171 yards RECEIVING LEADERS Saints D. Thomas...1, 9 yards Colts Garcon...3, 44 yards RUSHING LEADERS Saints Bush...1, 12 yards Colts Addai...3, -2 yards Momentum: The Colts kept their first drive alive with a fourth-and-two conversion, but it all went downhill once Matt Stover missed the ensuing 51-yard field-goal try. The Saints followed with a 58-yard TD drive and two-point conversion.
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January 18, 2010
Conference championships N.Y. JETS AT INDIANAPOLIS Sunday, noon PST, Channel 2 The Colts had a chance for a 16-0 regular season. But when they were 14-0 last month and playing host to the Jets, they pulled Peyton Manning in the third quarter and replaced him with untested rookie Curtis Painter. The Jets quickly erased a five-point deficit and won, 29-15, staying in the postseason picture with that victory. Now, New York wants to prove it can win again -- with or without Manning in the game.
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December 28, 2009 | By Sam Farmer
The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings each started the season with new quarterbacks and renewed Super Bowl hopes. The similarities end there. The NFC North rivals meet in Chicago tonight, with the Vikings headed for the postseason and the Bears heading back to the drawing board. Jay Cutler leads the NFL with 25 interceptions and his Bears have lost six of seven. Brett Favre has only seven interceptions -- easily on pace for his career low as a starter -- and the Vikings clinched their division a week ago. But that's not to say all is rosy in Minnesota.
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November 26, 2009
Oakland (3-7) at Dallas (7-3) Time: 1 p.m. Television: Channel 2. Line: Cowboys by 13.5. Over/Under: 40.5. Story line: The good news for Oakland fans: The Raiders have beaten Dallas three consecutive times and have a 6-3 record against the Cowboys. The bad news? The last meeting was 2005. The teams are in very different positions now, with the Cowboys atop the NFC East (having won five of six) and the 3-7 Raiders at the bottom of the AFC West.
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January 24, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Reggie Bush is not an every-down running back for the New Orleans Saints. Question is, can he be an every-Sunday one? Seldom in his four-year NFL career has the former USC Heisman Trophy winner strung together productive performances in consecutive weeks. And the Saints, who are one win away from their first Super Bowl, would welcome a big game from him. "I try to be a difference-maker, especially in games like these," said Bush, whose team plays host to the Minnesota Vikings today in the NFC championship game.
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December 14, 2009
Johnny U, meet Johnny U-turn. Arizona's Kurt Warner, the quarterback who has turned around two foundering franchises, is tied with the great Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with a passer rating of 120 or more (four) and can pass the late Hall of Famer tonight against San Francisco. That record would be nice, Warner says, but pales in comparison to the chance to clinch a second consecutive NFC West title and take the next step toward another Super Bowl run. The Cardinals (8-4)
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